Tony Petrello is known as one of the top paid CEOs in America. He is the head of Nabors Industries. Nabors Industries is the largest oil drilling contractor in the world. They operate over one thousand oil rigs.
Tony Petrello has been guiding Nabors Industries towards success ever since he joined them. He originally joined them in 1991 as the Chief Operating Officer. He quickly went up from level to level until he became the CEO.
Tony Petrello has a unique history. He grew up in a middle-class family. His parents worked hard to make sure that he was able to get an education. He attended public school, not some glitzy private school. He studied textbooks on his own for hours each day during his free time. His favorite subject was math. People who knew him in high school said that he was a literal genius in math. It seems like Yale University also thought that he was a math genius. They realized what he was capable of, and they decided to award him a scholarship to their university, with the opportunity of being taught by Serge Lang, one of the most renowned professors and mathematicians. Tony became extremely close to Serge Lang. He helped him develop his theories. They became close friends. When Serge Lang passed away, Tony Petrello attended his memorial service and promised to donate one hundred and fifty thousand dollars to Yale University in memory of Serge Lang, his beloved professor. He also pledged to match donations up to one hundred and fifty thousand dollars, potentially giving up to three hundred thousand dollars to charity.
Tony Petrello got his math degree at Yale, but he decided to become a lawyer. He got his law degree from Harvard Law School. He became a lawyer with Baker & McKenzie. He later became a managing partner there.
One of his clients was Nabors Industries. They realized his genius and tried to get him on their team. They succeeded in their efforts, and he joined them in 1991. Since he is a lawyer with experience and knowledge in corporate tax law, he is very useful to them.
Tony Petrello donated seven million dollars to the Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital. He has a daughter who has cerebral palsy, and he wants to help out other children who also have neurological conditions.